2 months ago, I wrote an article detailing 2 trades that I thought the Seahawks could make in this offseason. We may have safely assumed Russell Wilson wasn’t happy, so trading him was a real possibility. I think the situation could have been mended if the organization moved off of Pete Carroll for a young offensive mind (such as Denver’s new coach Nathaniel Hackett), but of course, that didn’t happen.
In the situation that ended up playing out with the Seahawks sticking with Carroll as head coach, I think our only option was to trade Wilson. I’m not upset about that, because Russ would have most likely walked at the end of his contract, and Seattle would have been left with nothing in return for him, which would have been devastating.
In the article that I previously mentioned, I suggested a trade for Wilson that I actually loved. In the trade, Seattle got Derek Carr, the Raiders 2022 1st-rounder, and the Raiders 2023 3rd-rounder. The Raiders got Russell Wilson. And after seeing the package we got from the Broncos, Seattle probably could have gotten more from the Raiders.
What exactly were the Seahawks thinking in their deal with the Broncos for Russell Wilson?
The reason I liked this trade is that I like Derek Carr. Correction, I love Derek Carr, and I’m confident every 12 would have loved him too. He’s a competitor, a gunslinger, a locker room leader, and a guy that can win games, no matter what’s going on around him. But, instead, we dealt Russ for Drew Lock, a 31-year-old defensive lineman Shelby Harris, Tight end Noah Fant, and a plethora of draft picks.
Let me be clear, I love the draft capital we received in the trade. The Jamal Adams trade basically robbed us of draft capital, so reloading on this front was a no-brainer. It’s the other side of the trade that I am struggling with.
Why ask for Fant when we already have Everett and Dissly at tight end? And if we really had a plan for quarterback (such as Deshaun Watson or drafting Malik Willis), why ask for Drew Lock?
If we do indeed have a plan for the quarterback position, I don’t see why we didn’t do the trade differently. I think Geno Smith would be a better bridge option than Drew Lock since he already knows the system and was able to have some success with the Seahawks current roster in the 2021-22 season.
In this case, I would have preferred keeping all of the picks in the package, removing Fant, Harris, and Lock and instead getting running back Javonte Williams and/or safety Justin Simmons.
Nonetheless, with the way the trade played out, I have no idea what direction the front office is taking Seattle. I hope we either go after Malik Willis in the draft or go all-in on a trade for Deshaun Watson because we obviously have incredible talent at wide receiver with Metcalf and Lockett. But, alas, with the way the trade played out, I know I’m not the only one that is left scratching my head at what the Seahawks are thinking right now.